Imagine Children's Festival
Until Sun Feb 23
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Feb 7 2014
Southbank Centre's annual kids' extravaganza returns for 2014 with music, comedy, performance, interaction and theatre taking place throughout half-term, with appearances by children's writers and entertainers.
This year, you’re going to look bonkers wearing your your pants on your head or your mittens on your feet. Have fun dressing up on Topsy Turvy day (Saturday February 15) or come as a cowboy on the Great Enormo day (Saturday February 22).
Watch out! The children are in charge. Last year the two weeks were successfully curated by children from local schools – known collectively as the Festival Ideas Cloud – so they're at it again for 2014. The kids will even be helping run the place by assisting light technicians, programme sales and on the tannoy.
Highlights include the exciting chance for 100 children to have a sleep-over in the Southbank's Royal Festival Hall, age-specific theatre and the Redhouse Children's Book Awards. Guests include children's author, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen, who will be performing with the National Youth Orchestra, lauded illustrator Quentin Blake, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen and children's laureate Malorie Blackman.
Look out also for 'Refugee Boy'. Poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay have taken this powerful story to the stage as part of the Imagine Festival. An Ethiopian teen, Alem, is having the best holiday of his life until one morning he awakes to find his father gone. His parents have decided to leave him in London to avoid the violent civil war at home. Overnight he has become a refugee. A poignant story about arriving, belonging and finding family. (February 11-13)
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Like a Dr Who episode, a door will open wide allowing for children, young and old, to be sucked in and immersed in World's of their own making. They will orbit, touch down, connect and possibly not escape the clutches of an amazing event. Go at your own risk! Imagination compulsory!
This sound like a really exciting thing for me my mum and dad and my sister to do to celebrate her birthday, while we are visiting London from our farm in Cumbria. I really would love to see the fun things planned and I hope to meet some really clever people. Well done for getting another year showing how capable us kiddies are.